Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Relic by Renee Collins

 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16079090-relic?ac=1
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16079090-relic?ac=1


Publication: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen

 
After a raging fire consumes her town and kills her parents, Maggie Davis is on her own to protect her younger sister and survive best she can in the Colorado town of Burning Mesa. In Maggie’s world, the bones of long-extinct magical creatures such as dragons and sirens are mined and traded for their residual magical elements, and harnessing these relics’ powers allows the user to wield fire, turn invisible, or heal even the worst of injuries.
 
Working in a local saloon, Maggie befriends the spirited showgirl Adelaide and falls for the roguish cowboy Landon. But when she proves to have a particular skill at harnessing the relics’ powers, Maggie is whisked away to the glamorous hacienda of Álvar Castilla, the wealthy young relic baron who runs Burning Mesa. Though his intentions aren’t always clear, Álvar trains Maggie in the world of relic magic. But when the mysterious fires reappear in their neighboring towns, Maggie must discover who is channeling relic magic for evil before it’s too late.
 
Relic is a thrilling adventure set in a wholly unique world, and a spell-binding story of love, trust, and the power of good.
 

 
Relic is an interesting mix of western and fantasy elements that for me came together nicely.
I loved how determined Maggie was to take care of her and her sister after going through such a traumatic incident. She ends up landing a job working in a nearby town called Burning Mesa.
Maggie soon discovers her own special powers and how they relate to the coveted relics, aka: the bones of magical creatures. Because of her talent she draws the attention of the wealthy and suave resident, Álvar Castilla. Who isn’t nearly as good and charming as Maggie first thought him to be.
This was the first time I had read a book that combined western and fantasy elements. I thought the world building was well done. It was easy to imagine Maggie’s world as I read along. There was plenty of action and unexpected events that kept my attention throughout the entire story. As far as I understand, this is book one, so I am hoping it won’t be a long wait for the second book and my questions from book one will be answered.
If you are looking for something new to try or just enjoy reading fantasy\western books, then I would recommend giving Relic a try.
 
RATING: 4½ out of 5.
 
** I received this book on behalf of the publisher in exchange for only my honest opinion. Thank you. **
 
 
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